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Flash does not fire consistently

My flash does not fire consistently and causing me a lot of anguish. I have had it for four years. Just replace the sync chord and the connector cords and the problem still persists.

What is wrong with my flash? If it needs repair who do you suggest is the best to fix the problem

I need help.

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You're very familiar with your camera and already performed initial troubleshooting by replacing the common/obvious part.

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Posted on Jun 29, 2008

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Yes the flash needs a repair from the company directly

Posted on Jun 29, 2008

  • dewan nafees ahmed Jun 29, 2008

    this delaying in flash is the problem with the timing circuit.

    replacement of sync cords is not a solution for this problem.

    this is the problem with improper timing of the signals.

    this happens due to improper discharge of capacitors or can be due to failure of some components.
    since this repair needs the attention of a experienced tech i would request you to take it the authorized service centers.

    they can help you solve this problem better

    good luck

    thank you




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Have you tried replacing the bulb at all or check to see if it may be loose or not have a good connection which may cause it to work sometimes but not all of the time

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